Listed below are the answers to our most frequently asked questions.
If you have a general question that is not answered below, you may email us at email@example.com and someone from our team will be glad toanswer!
What sort of work does the agency get?
We work with casting directors, advertising agencies, photographers, production companies and clients directly.
What age range do you represent
All ages. Babies to seniors.
Can I be registered with more than one agency?
Yes! Under our Non Exclusive contract we encourage you to interview with several reputable agencies to find one that works for you. It is incredibly important to the find the right agent for your market. We invite talent to be exclusively represented by us after a positive working relationship has been established.
Are you a modeling school?
No, we are not and we do not offer modeling classes; However, we expect our models to be test shooting regularly.
Are there any fees to be represented by JLDA?
If we choose to represent you, we require professional headshots and maintain active profiles on various casting sites. There will be a subscription fee to manage your portfolios, submissions, call backs, auditions and jobs.
Do you have open calls?
We do not host open calls. If you are interested in representation, you must follow our submission process, accessible through our website. This is necessary in order for our team to have the ample time to review your materials thoughtfully and consider a place for you within the agency,
How much work can I expect from JLDA?
We promote talent based our clients’ needs for age, look, and level of experience. There are no guarantees you will be booked; however, we choose to represent people who have the looks and level of experience requested by our clients on a regular basis.
How often should I update my materials?
We believe in maintaining current images and information on our website and in our database at all times. We ask that parents update images and sizes for their children as they grow and change. Adult talent should provide updated images, tear sheets, resumes, and demos as often as possible. This is especially important when you make major changes to your look (hair length and/or color, drastic weight gain or loss, braces, tattoos, piercings, etc.) These updates allow you to have more opportunities for auditions and bookings.
What does your agency look for?
In general, when reviewing submissions, we look for new talent to meet several criteria.
● – Men, women and children who are photogenic.
● – Actors and voice talent who have well-established resumes and demos.
● – Female models who are 5’8″ or taller.
● – Male models who are 5’10” or taller.
● – Children age 10 and under who fit the average clothing size for their age.
However, we often interview talent who do not meet the criteria, as we receive frequent creative requests from clients. Please feel free to email us with additional questions. Agents are listed under the agency info tab. We look forward to working with you.
How do I get started as a model or actor?
To begin modeling or acting, the first step is to contact JLDA to set-up an evaluation and interview with one of our experienced agents. This may also involve a screen test (see below). You do not have to bring a professional photo portfolio book to your first appointment, but eventually you will need photos for clients (the companies who hire you through JLDA) to see what you look like. A photo portfolio book is a collection of photos which show your versatility and quality as a model.
To hire a model or actor, clients contact JLDA to review available talent for their project. In order to show that you are professional (and worth hiring as a paid model or actor), you must have current, professional headshots and body shots in a portfolio book. You should also have a digital version and a hard copy of your portfolio book. Digital/online portfolios allow clients to preview the models and actors they wish to hire and see up-to-date photos, resume and stats such as sizes, age range, etc. (J.L. David Talent can show you how to set up an online portfolio). For instance, our website offers a search option. Clients can type in what they are specifically looking for and an actor’s or model’s photos can immediately be seen. It is still suggested that you have printed headshots, composite cards and portfolio books so you have something to leave with clients at auditions and go-sees. These are also helpful if a potential client asks your Agent to send hard copies of your photos.
What is a Go-See?
A Go-See is an appointment to Go See a client that might be interested in hiring you. A Go-See is not always for a specific job, sometimes it’s an opportunity for a client to see many new models and/or actors at once. Think of a Go-See as a relationship builder – they may not have a specific job for you at the moment, but if you make a good impression, they may later.
What will I need to be marketed as a model or actor by your agency?
Most of our talent does both modeling and acting (even if the acting is for non-speaking video work).
For modeling, you will need:
- Photos in a portfolio that show a variety of looks
- A composite card, which is usually a 5.5″ x 8.5” card with photos front and back, your name and stats.
For acting and on-camera video work, you will need:
- An 8 x 10 commercial head shot and Resume
- In both cases an online presence is very beneficial and clients increasingly rely on finding models and actors using online portfolios.
Do I have to go to modeling school to become a professional model or actor?
No. But this Agency suggests that you work with photographers to build your portfolio book and acting coaches to gain on-camera confidence.
What is the difference between a model and actor agency and a casting agency?
Model and actor agencies work with casting directors and do not compete against each other. Casting agencies reach out to talent agencies like JLDA for submissions for projects.
What “type” of models and actors do you represent?
We have models and actors of all types and all ethnicities: men, women, fashion, fitness, plus size, character types, commercial/lifestyle talent, children, teens, adults. And pets, too! You do not have to look like a runway model or a glamorous actor to have a career.
Is everyone accepted into JLDA?
No, unfortunately. If the Agency feels we can possibly find work for you as a paid professional model or actor, we will represent and market you to potential clients. We evaluate everyone individually and there are no group information “cattle calls” for new talent.
Do you offer modeling and acting jobs outside of Nashville area?
Yes. We have talent mostly in the Southeast United States, primarily Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Florida.
What kind of jobs can I expect from a full service modeling and acting agency like JLDA?
A full service models and actors agency hires talent for a variety of jobs such as print, runway, TV, commercial, industrial, film and promotional work (live events.
Am I guaranteed modeling and acting work?
No. We present recommendations to the client and they select the model or actor that best suits the job. We can only suggest whom we feel might be best, based on experience, photos, etc.
How can I prepare for my interview with JLDA?
Please dress appropriately but casually for your interview. If you are already an established model or actor, please bring your portfolio book, head shots, body shots, resume and demo reel if available. If you are just getting started and have some photos, bring what you have. If you have not yet worked as a model or actor, please bring several (2 or 3) printed photos. These can be random photos from vacations or family events. The goal is to see how photogenic you are.
When are modeling and acting jobs held?
Modeling and acting jobs are usually held during the day and during the working week. It is important that you have some flexibility to be able to attend bookings when the client is scheduling the shoot. Some exceptions can be made for school-age talent that must attend school. However, it’s a good idea to speak to the school district about possible, occasional absences for bookings. Often times clients will book talent for afternoons so that a child can attend school in the morning in order to receive credit for the day. Adult age talent should be able to take vacation days, sick/personal days.
How much notice do I get for bookings/auditions?
This is a very fast-paced business. In regional markets, at least a few days notice are usually given. In larger markets such, sometimes only a day or two is given. Each project is different.
Is it okay to bring people with me to auditions?
If you are under 18, it is fine, and is required that you bring ONE parent or guardian with you. It is never considered professional to bring siblings or friends along.
I want to cut my hair do I need to get new shots?
You must always arrive looking just like your images. Anytime you change your look (lose weight, color your hair, etc.) you must update your images. Again, that is one of the beauties of using online portfolios. They allow nearly instant updates. For younger children who change quickly, we suggest that professional photos be taken initially and additional photos taken as the child changes.
My hair is curly, but I often straighten it, should my pictures have it both ways?
You should give clients both. It will only enhance your booking potential.
Will you call me? Or should I call you?
Because of the volume of submissions we receive on a daily basis, we are unable to contact everyone who submits to us regarding representation. If we believe you might be a good candidate for representation we will contact you by phone to set up a meeting. Depending on the volume of our business at the time, we should contact you between 2 to 6 weeks. In many cases, we will ask you to attend a monologue day with the booking agents. In this instance, you
will need to have a 1-2 minute current comedic monologue that is age appropriate prepared. You may also be asked to perform a cold read at that time.
You can follow up to see if your material has been received, but it is not necessary.
Do I need to be a member of a UNION?
You do not need to be a current member of any union to be considered for representation by JLDA.
What are the physical requirements to be a model with JLDA?
For the women’s division you must be a minimum height of 5′ 8′′ and no taller than 6′ 0′′ (in bare feet). We will see girls at 5’7′′ between the ages of 13-16. In addition we are looking for female talent between the sizes of 0 – 4, 10 and 14-18. Beginning models are usually between the ages of 13-20.
For the men’s division your height must be between 6′ 0′′ and 6′ 3′′ (in bare feet) and suit size 38-42.
Does J.L. David Talent have specialty divisions?
We represent plus size women who are 5′ 8′′ – 5′ 11′′, sizes 14-18 and big and tall men who are 6′ 4′′ – 6′ 6′′, sizes 48L – 50L.
Is there a specific work permit for minors?
Yes. Minors aged 15 days up to 18 years, who wish to be employed in the entertainment industry must have an entertainment work permit issued by the division of labor standards enforcement. An entertainment work permit is valid for 6 months and is renewable every 6 months wile a minor is under 18 years old. THERE IS NO FEE FOR THIS PERMIT. In addition to completing an application, the parent or guardian must submit supporting documents which vary depending on the age of the minor. First time applicants for children not yet attending school must be accompanied by a birth certificate or other acceptable proof of birth date. First time and renewal application for school age children must be accompanied by an approval from the school on the form which will be provided after the application is completed.
What is a coogan account?
Coogan accounts are required by the state of California, New York, Louisiana and New Mexico.
IN MOST INSTANCES, YOU WILL HAVE TO SUPPLY PROOF OF A TRUST ACCOUNT PRIOR TO RECEIVING A WORK PERMIT. 15% OF THE MINOR’S GROSS WAGES ARE REQUIRED TO BE WITHHELD BY THE EMPLOYER AND DEPOSITED INTO THE COOGAN ACCOUNT WITHIN 15 DAYS OF EMPLOYMENT. THE PARENT MUST SUPPLY THE COOGAN ACCOUNT NUMBER TO THE EMPLOYER.
BANKS THAT ARE FAMILIAR WITH COOGAN ACCOUNTS:
● AFTRA/SAG FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
● ACTORS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
● BANK OF THE WEST
● CITY NATIONAL BANK
● FIRST ENTERTAINMENT CREDIT UNION
● MORGAN STANLEY/SMITH BARNEY
● UNION BANK OF CALIFORNIA
● WELLS FARGO
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Do I need to be on set with my child?
YES. A PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF A MINOR UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE MUST BE PRESENT WITH, AND ACCOMPANY, SUCH MINOR ON THE SET OR LOCATION AND BE WITHIN SIGHT OR SOUND OF SAID MINOR AT ALL TIMES.